The snow has started to fall again and I am able to walk again - post surgery, yeah!!, so it's time to schedule another snowshoe, Haven't you ever looked out over a beautiful mountain vista and thought to yourself what a nice place this would be for a hot cocoa with friends. I'm planning on hauling up a thermos so that we can have cocoa with the best people and the best views.
We'll be doing a late morning (approx 2-4 miles) Snowshoe at Snoqualmie Pass. We'll meet for carpools in Issaquah. Please post if you can drive or if you need to carpool. I have 15 pairs of loaner snow shoes, so let me know if you need to borrow and make a comment in your RSVP, so that I don't forget. My cell # is[masked].
Group size and snowshoe routes.
Since this is my first snow shoe in over a year - I was in a wheelchair from summer until after my December surgery, so I don't have the bandwidth to manage multiple groups - we will limit to 2 groups, and will hike in from different parking areas so we don't overwhelm the area and make it feel like a mall experience to other people who are trying to get time outdoors in a peaceful environment.
I am figuring out Group 1, and Group 2 routes so that we will be within one exit of each other, but on different routes, one route will be a medium paced, the other will be more leisurely, Now that I have 4 leaders and 2 groups, I will move a few people up from the waitlist. Each group will be roughly 8-12 people in size.
Carpools - I will post carpool info here, once people post that they can drive. Each rider should plan on pitching in $5 to $10 for gas, snow park permits, etc. to the drivers.
I will be coming from Kenmore and can pick up a few people in Lake City , Bothell, Kirkland or Redmond.
Carpool to the Carpool - Saul's "bus" info - I will only be stopping at the stops that people actually request.
8:15am, Bothell P&R 10303 Woodinville Dr, Bothell, WA 98011 Just off of Hwy 522 on the north side.
*** Please note: Actual Snow Shoe Route choices will be updated to reflect conditions including avalanche danger. Carpool time and location will remain the same. Most Snow shoe routes will be fairly flat and away from the slopes for safety reasons *******
Avalanche Forecast link:
You'll notice that the south facing slopes where we will be are relatively safer, but you still want to stay clear of avalanche chutes and not be below open hillsides that could release on top of you. Most of todays routes are well clear of these hazards, the back part of Gold Creek as well as portions of Kendall are riskier, we will shorten the route to stay away from that area on the Gold Creek, but if you decide to do Kendall please be familiar with the risks.
We'll meet at 8:45am in the Park & Ride and head out at 9:05, the plan is to snow shoe from 10:30am until about 1:30pm and then head back down and grab a bite and a brew at the Issaquah Brewery. I expect to post 2 route choices so that people will have time to select. We will do sign in sheets so that each leader knows who they are responsible for keeping track of. We will have leaders for each route choice
Hope to see you there.
I have loaner Snow Shoes for 15 people.
Snow shoes sizing is primarily based on the amount of weight they need to hold up, If you need to borrow snowshoes then indicate your approximate weight in your RSVP, if you are bringing a guest who needs to borrow, please indicate their weight, your answers will only be visible to me.
I am bringing loaner snow shoes for:
Myself - XL
Coleen B - L
Sonya - L
Kacie - SM
Ceci - M
Mai - S
Julie Udd - L
Vicky M - L
Evelyn - M
You need to bring your own boots or shoes to wear with them and keep your feet warm. If you like to use poles you'll need to bring your own.
Thanks Saul [masked][masked]